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Justice & The Generals
El Salvador
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Education - National Standards
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Relevant National Standards

The learning activities fulfill the following standards established by the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS):

II. Time, Continuity, and Change:

e. investigate, interpret, and analyze multiple historical and contemporary viewpoints within and across cultures related to important events, recurring dilemmas, and persistent issues while employing empathy, skepticism, and critical judgement.

f. apply ideas, theories, and modes of historical inquiry to analyze historical and contemporary developments, and to inform and evaluate actions concerning public policy decisions.

III. People, Places, and Environments:

i. describe and assess ways that historical events have been influenced by, and have influenced, physical and human geographic factors in local, regional, and global settings.

V. Individual, Groups, and Institutions:

a. apply concepts, such as role, status, and social class in describing the connections and interactions of individuals, groups, and institutions in society.

Analyze group and institutional influences on people, events, and elements of culture in both historical and contemporary settings.

VI. Power, Authority, & Governance

a. examine persistent issues involving the rights, roles, and status of the individual in relation to the general welfare.

d. compare and analyze the ways nations and organizations respond to conflicts between forces of unity and forces of diversity.

f. analyze and evaluate conditions, actions, and motivations that contribute to conflict and cooperation within and among nations.

i. evaluate the extent to which governments achieve their stated ideals and policies at home and abroad.

IX. Global Connections

b. explain conditions and motivations that contribute to conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among groups, societies, and nations.

e. analyze the relationships and tensions between national sovereignty and global interests, in matters such as territory, economic development, nuclear and other weapons, use of natural resources, and human rights concerns.

f. analyze or formulate policy statements demonstrating an understanding of concerns, standards, issues, and conflicts related to universal human rights.

The learning activities fulfill the following standards established by the National Standards for History:

United States History Standards for Grades 5-12

Era 10:
Standard 1C: Examine the U.S. role in political struggles in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

World History Standards for Grades 5-12:

Era 9:
Standard 3A: Assess the degree to which both human rights and democratic ideals and practices have been advanced in the world during the 20th century.

World History across Eras

Standard 1: Analyze how ideals and institutions of freedom, equality, justice, and citizenship have changed over time and from one society to another.

Lesson Plans

1.  Learning from El Salvador's Past

2. Who Takes the Blame? Examining the Doctrine of Command Responsibility

3. The Legal Challenge of Human Rights Protection

4. United States: Friend or Foe of Human Rights?